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Nov 30, 2009 4:00pm EST
back. happening now, the buildup to president obama's big announcement on afghanistan. he's starting to spread the word about troop level and strategy before he speaks to the nation and the world tomorrow night. the manhunt for the suspected shooter in the deaths of four police officers. the spotlight is on an ex-convict now on the loose in washington, the state and former presidential candidate who commuted his sentence and let him out of jail and tough questions for the white house about the now famous presidential party-crashers. how did it happen, and what's the secret service doing to stop it from happening again? i'm wolf blitzer in cnn's command center for breaking news, politics and extraordinary reports from around the world. you're in "the situation room." >>> president obama is putting more top officials in the loop today about his new war plan strategy in afghanistan. his long-awaited public announcement on troop levels a little over 24 hours from now, and there's a lot of anticipation and concern about more american lives on the line along with lots more u.s. ta
CNN
Nov 24, 2009 10:00pm EST
now, erica hill and "ac 360." erica? >>> president obama says he will finish the job in afghanistan. more troops, more money, and a new focus. it even the best possible outcome here may not resemble victory as america knows it. >>> also tonight, nip and tax. taxing cosmetic surgery to help fund health insurance. sound like a good plan? maybe not until you hear who is really affected here and what happened when one state tried. this we're grilling doctors and law makers to night, "keeping them honest." >>> plus the republican party's ten new commandments. it's a purity test. how many republicans would pass? ronald reagan make the grade? we have the answers and "raw politics" ahead tonight. >>> first up, president obama's decision to escalate the war in afghanistan. three months after his commander general stanley mcchrystal called for additional forces and more than eight years after the war began. the outlines are now coming into focus. reportedly as many as 34,000 additional troops will be sent. that's on top of 20,000 the president sent in march. and would push force level there's
CNN
Nov 27, 2009 7:00pm EST
tuesday's state dinner at the white house and we have just learned the couple even met president obama. here you see the picture of them meeting him in the receiving line and managed to snap a picture with vice president joe biden. michaele and tareq salahi did not have an invitation, not on the guest list but somehow made it past the elaborate security checkpoints. the couple is angling for a spot on "the real housewives of d.c." dan lothian reports on how the white house is explaining this incredible security mishap. dan? >> reporter: the white house now admits president obama met the uninvited guests in the receiving line and parentally not the first time. this undated cvideo shows mr. obama and the black-eyed peas. another scandal the u.s. secret service is taking full responsible for. in a statement director mark sullivan says "they should have been prohibited from entering the event entirely. that failing is ours." he adds that the agency is "deeply concerned and embarrassed." earlier in the day, secret service agents paid a visit to the owe say sis winery in virginia, the couple
CNN
Nov 24, 2009 1:00pm EST
. talked about the pieces of a complicated high-stakes puzzle with president obama snack dab in the middle. right now he's in the full day of a ceremony and substance, the first state dinner of his presidency, and the guest of honor is prime minister manmohan singh, the leader of the world's largest democracy. one whose historic with pakistan is there on the u.s. war in afghanistan and beyond. the two leaders wrapped up face-to-face talks and talked to reporters ashort time again, you might have seen it on cnn. president obama wouldn't get too specific on his long-awaited decision on afghanistan. >> i think the review that we've gone through has been comprehensive and extremely useful and has brought together my key military advisors, but also civilian advisors. i can tell you, as i've said before, that it is in our strategic interests, in our national security interests, to make sure that al qaeda and its extremist allies cannot operate effectively in those areas. we'll dismantle and degrade their capabilities and ultimately dismantle and destroy their works. >>> well, in terms of
CNN
Nov 25, 2009 4:00pm EST
room." >>> well, i want you to set your tv sets, because we know exactly when president obama is going to announce his strategy decision for afghanistan, and there's only one remaining question. how many more u.s. troops are going to go to war? well, this guessing game is under way, but we do have a few things that we do know. there are 68,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan right now, and a defense official who is in the know says the pentagon expects orders to send another 34,000 troops which actually means more than 102,000 american troops could be fighting this war. now whether or not this equation is accurate, well, that's going to be revealed in the next couple of days by the president, but i want to go straight to our cnn white house correspondent dan lothian. obviously, dan, this is a decision that he has made. we're hearing all kinds of things about the troop levels. what is he going to lay out for the american people in the days ahead? >> reporter: first of all, as you know, this is highly anticipated, and it been circulating for days that this announcement would be made soo
CNN
Nov 20, 2009 7:00pm EST
obama's dream of health care overhaul. >>> more cancer confusion. first it was mammogram guidelines. now women face new recommendations on when to be screened for cervical cancer. who really wins with a new screening advice, women or the health care industry? >>> also, student uprising. >> this is what democracy looks like. >> university students in california stage a campus takeover to protest soaring tuition costs. >>> and thanks for joining us tonight. the health care overhaul is about to face a critical test vote in congress. the senate will be in session tomorrow. that's right, a saturday. not just any saturday, but the saturday before the thanksgiving holiday. the fact that they're not already heading home for the holiday is a sure sign of the pressure democrats are feeling to push the health care overhaul through before the end of the year. today democratic leaders were desperately trying to secure support from members of their own party. dana bash has the story. >> reporter: behind the scenes it's a democratic scramble to secure 60 votes needed to start the senate health care deb
CNN
Nov 28, 2009 10:00pm EST
with plavix. >>> president obama makes a key announcement tuesday on additional u.s. troop deployments to afghanistan. 34,000 extra american troops is the figure that's been floated. that's on tom of tp of the 68,0 already there, along with 45,000 troops for other countries. >>> today the british prime minister announced a high-level conference next month in london to work out a time frame to take over its own security. the white house endorsed the conference set for january 28th as an opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues critical to afghanistan's future. >>> tune into cnn tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. eastern for president barack obama's announcement. cnn will carry it live for you. >>> the u.s. is warning iran that it is prepared to work for even stronger economic sanctions. the warning follows friday's censure of iran by the u.n. national watchdog agency demanding iran stop enriching uranium and also stop construction on its once-secret nuclear facility. in a rare show of unity, the russian, china and france join the rare form of unity. >>> and to help mark the occ
CNN
Nov 22, 2009 11:00am EST
place is it should not to have had been part of the legislation if the obama administration could have figured out how to do a waiver or something easy enough to fix a red tape problem. so that was not a sweetener and she will be in a lot of political trouble if she votes for anything that remotely resemble what is going to go to debate now. >> you say, and i'll trust the judgment of the two new orleans residents especially when they agree that this was something that was necessary for the state. one of the questions is what will it do to the climate in washington because if i'm a senator on the fence now and harry reid needs my vote and she gets that from louisiana i'm thinking the market might be open. let's listen to sharon brown, and she agrees with you, james, that it is a necessary thing, but he does worry about the impact. >> i want to see this bill passed and nobody likes these kinds of deals. anything that's done needs to be in the best interest of those states in this country. i think those probably helped, if that, in fact wanted. i have no way of knowing if it did. i suppos
CNN
Nov 23, 2009 9:00pm EST
together on health care? and president obama's approval rating and what does the drop really mean? and oprah's best friend, gayle king will tell us why lady o. is really leaving her syndicated show. and suze orman is here to tell us if the queen of all media is making the right decision. all next on "larry king live." lots of things to discussion with ann coulter, the syndicated columnist and conservative commentator, "new york times" best-selling author. her most recent book is "guilty. quality quality and al sharpton, he's part of n.a.n.'s national day of outrage, advocating for an end to gun and gang violence. okay. ann, the senate is set to move forward on the debate on health care. as a conservative, do you agree that there are problems, that the health care system needs change? >> yes. mostly caused by government intervention. for one thing, two main problems with government intervention, one is going back to world war ii when fdr imposed wage and price controls. they offered them health care for employees. because of that, it's hard and now there is a tax deduction. now in law.
CNN
Nov 29, 2009 9:00am EST
. >>> i'm john king and this is "state of the union." president obama prepares to announce his new strategy for afghanistan. >> it is my intention to finish the job. >> two influential senators weigh in on troop levels, the timetable, and the cost of war. democrat jack reed of rhode island and republican richard lugar of indiana. >>> now's the time to move forward towards peace. >> a rare hint of movement in the search for middle east peace. we'll check in with special envoy tony blair live from the region. >>> and in our "american dispatch," we travel to seattle to see how despite scarce resources, one program tries to get homeless teens off the streets and on to a better path. >>> this is the "state of the union" report for sunday, november 29th. >>> good morning. hope you all had a great thanksgiving. president obama this week will unveil his long-awaited new strategy for afghanistan. administration sources suggest it includes a significant boost in u.s. troop levels. the official announcement is planned in prime-time tuesday night at the west point military academy before an au
CNN
Nov 25, 2009 9:00am EST
the year. and pomp and circumstance. the highlights from president obama's first state din didder. the lines are longer than before. one man's turkey giveaway is a sign of the tough times. live pictures for you. good morning. i'm heidi collins. you're in the "cnn newsroom." travel for you and for u.s. troop, we're tracking on both this morning. our jeanne meserve is reporting from washington-reagan national airport. telling us about something that travelers are worrying about this year they didn't worry about last year. and if you are worried how the weather is going to affect your holiday plans, rob has that story. we'll get to him in ament mo. and also, more u.s. troops heading to afghanistan. our elaine quijano is at the pentagon with the latest on that. on your mark, get set, go. thanksgiving weekend travel begins today as i'm sure you are away. aaa says 38 million people will be on the go, up a little from last year. cnn's jeanne meserve is joining us from washington reagan airport. how does it look? >> reporter: it's amazing. i can tell you about one terminal at one airport
CNN
Nov 21, 2009 2:00pm EST
white house, they are monitoring the debate closely. you can be sure president obama is being very much kept up to date on the debate and the vote count going on on capitol hill. per happens to increase the pressure to get the ball rolling in the senate, the white house released a statement of administration policy last night. it lays out clearly, the president's position on the bill. i'll read it to you in part. the administration strongly supports senate passage of the patient protection and affordable care act that represents a critical milestone in the effort to reform our health care system. in an interview with cnn, president obama said he was confident that congress will succeed at the end of the day in passing some form of health care reform. at the end of the day today, we will have an indication. this isn't the end game. we'll have an indication if president obama is one step closer to or away from achieving the number one priority. >> thanks so much, from the white house. it will be interesting to learn over the next couple days how hard the white house is campaigning to try
CNN
Nov 26, 2009 9:00am EST
crashed president obama's first state dinner. but their attempt at being on the a-list, well, it could come with a pretty steep cost. cnn white house correspondent dan lothian is joining us this morning. dan, how in the world did they get past security? that's the big question today. >> reporter: that certainly is the big question. i mean, clearly, at least according to the secret service and their preliminary investigation, what the proper procedures were not followed at least at one checkpoint, allowing the couple to come in when their name was not on the list. you know, it's really unusual, working here at the white house every day, where you understand how tight security is here at the white house. and so when you hear a story like this, it sort of makes you think, how did this happen? because long before you even get to the white house, if you're the general public, you have to provide a lot of personal information, like your social security number, your date of birth. that gets you on the list. and when you get here, you show a government-issued i.d. at that point, they che
CNN
Nov 29, 2009 6:00pm EST
expands its nuclear program. what does president obama and his allies do now? >>> in just two days the president tells you his plans on a troop ramp-up in afghanistan. what will he say? will it make a difference? cnn correspondents are on the ground in afghanistan. hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. we're following breaking news out of the seattle area. a massive manhunt under way for at least one person who gunned down four police officers this morning in a coffee shop south of tacoma. someone walked right in and killed all four. police describe it as an ambush. no one else in the coffee shop was hurt. this is the second time in less than a month that police officers in the seattle area have been targeted in fatal shootings. the officers killed today were with the city of lakewood. a short time ago, a visibly shaken sheriff spoke about this tragedy. >> as you all know, something very terrible happened today. this is an example of the danger that police officers and deputy sheriffs and state troopers face every day. the person or people who did this not only harmed us, they harmed the goo
CNN
Nov 28, 2009 5:00pm EST
, the secret service insists that president obama was not in any danger as this virginia couple, tariq and michale salahi, they had to go through several levels of security screenings like all the guests attending tuesday's state dinner, but in a statement released just friday, the director of the secret service, mark sullivan, he says that the agency is deeply concerned and embarrassed. the statement goes on to say they should have been prohibited from entering the event entirely. that failing, he says, is our ours. clearly the review of just what happened and how these supposedly uninvited guests got into the state dinner, that will continue. fran townsend, a former homeland security adviser to president bush, says she expects to see fallout. listen here. >> at best the uniformed division of the secret service who let them onto the property will be disciplined and at worst they could potentially be fired. i will tell you, it is a very serious security breach because, after all, bad people will watch this and watch how they do it and learn, and they may test the secret service in othe
CNN
Nov 23, 2009 8:00pm EST
, there is breaking news from the white house. right now, president obama is meeting with his war council in the situation room. it is a who's who of national security advisers. biden, clinton, gates and five generals all in attendance. the goal, to make a final decision on how many more american troops will be sent to fight in afghanistan. the white house says the president is taking his time, so that he can make the right decision for the country. >> i think the american people want the president to take the time to get this decision right. rather than to make a hasty decision. >> well, that's not enough to keep critics at bay. former vice president dick cheney taking the opportunity to take a swipe at the white house. >> the delay is not cost-free. it's not one of these deals where you can sit there and delay and delay and delay and think you'll make a better decision. every day that goes by raises doubts in the minds of our friends and allies in the region about what you're going to do, raises doubts in the minds of the troops. >> cheney and other critics may not have to wait
CNN
Nov 29, 2009 1:00pm EST
of what the revolutionary guards are doing. >> what should obama and his administration do? >> i think obama is on the right track right now. i think the world community, they have to stop a nuclear iran by any means possible. but most importantly through smart sanctions. but the obama administration, they also have to -- it also has to respect the iranian people. i think through smart sanctions, through keeping the lines of dialogue open with the iranian government, but at the same time talking about human rights abuses in iran, helping the human rights organizations in iran, talking about freedom of expression, helping the alternative media, i think the obama administration will have a more successful -- i know it's easy to talk about these things, but americans, they have made so many mistakes, especially during the eight years of the bush administration, that obama will have a very difficult task in the future in terms of relationship with iran. >> now, you've written this extraordinary cover story in "newsweek." you're now thinking about other things, or is the priority righ
CNN
Nov 22, 2009 5:00pm EST
cambridged trained economist who loves to read. by all accounts he and president obama have forged a good personal relationship. but the visit of india's prime minister to washington is about more than personalities. it is the first official state visit of the obama presidency. it should be an occasion to celebrate and solidify the alliance between the world's largest democracy and the world's oldest democracy. but in fact, so far the obama presidency has been marked by a series of small fumbles and miscues in its relations with new delhi. in america we think a lot about south asia. and we now call it afpac. fixated on stabilizing afghanistan, washington seems to be relying more and more heavily on pakistan to tackle the taliban problem. in doing so, more disushingly, washington seems to be adopting the world view of the pakistani army, an army that created the taliban and despite $10 billion of aid from the united states, has taken no serious steps to dismantle it. pakistan's long-standing position has been that it has a right to see a pro-pakistani government in afghanistan. the respect
CNN
Nov 28, 2009 12:00pm EST
pressing topic for the president right now, afghanistan. president obama is set to reveal his long-awaited decision on a new war strategy tuesday night. he's expected to send an additional 34,000 u.s. troops primarily for greater security and training. retired dr e ed brigadier gener kimmetz says a more secure afghanistan won't happen overnight. >> i don't think we will need hundreds of thousands of troops there for a decade or more, but we will have to take the time to do this right to give the afghan national security forces the training and the capability and the experience for them to do this themselves. >> so on tuesday night, cnn is the place to watch president obama announcing his decision on u.s. troops heading to afghanistan. our special coverage with the best political team on television begins 7:00 eastern time. >>> a suspected act of terror destroyed russia's fastest train. new video of the scene shows emergency workers trying to get people out of the wreckage. investigators say elements of an explosive device were found at the scene. they found a crater under the track
CNN
Nov 30, 2009 11:00am EST
. president obama gets ready to detail the escalation of the war and his exit strategy. >>> this man accused of gunning down four washington state police officers. police thought they had him pinned down at a house in seattle, but that's not the case. >>> time to point and click your way through the holidays and holiday deals. today is cybermonday. the online equivalent of black friday. good morning, i'm tony harris, and you are in the "cnn newsroom." advice pouring in for president obama as he prepares to announce his strategy for winning the war in afghanistan. senators richard lug somewhere jack reid weighed in on cnn "state of the union." >> the president needs to start by outlining the war we are in. by that i mean the war not against the taliban, al qaeda, but what is at least the objective of continuing in afghanistan, or in any place. that is basic because this has to be a confident speech in which the president recognizes we're at war, the public recognizes that. >> the president has to remind them why we're there and also lay out a strategy, not just a reflective response t
CNN
Nov 22, 2009 9:00am EST
the debate. is this the way to do things? the central promise of the obama campaign was to change the way washington works. that's washington as usual, is it not? >> you, go ahead. it is and it isn't. this bill is extraordinarily complicated, this legislation is -- you know, as jeanne said at the outset of the show, 50 years, maybe you could say 75 years, franklin roosevelt attempted it, harry truman really attempted it in earnest -- >> but is it important enough to buy votes? >> i don't say it that way. we all go to the leader and talk about things in our state. and news reports sometimes aren't accurate about what might have been done for somebody or what might not have been done for somebody. i want to see this bill pass. nobody likes these kinds of -- any kinds of of deals. i think anything that's done needs to be in the best interest of those states and this country. i think those probably helped, if that, in fact, really happened, i have no way of really knowing if it did. i suppose that helped a lot of people in louisiana that don't have insurance. so i think we move forward. w
CNN
Nov 27, 2009 10:00pm EST
crashing saga. photo proof tonight that the couple managed to score face time with president obama and the secret service today admitting it dropped the ball. we're "keeping them honest." >>> later, the priest had a secret, a son. you'll see what the church did to keep it hidden and why this young man's mother is still demanding answers. but first up tonight, the security breech now even more clear. this woman seen here face-to-face with president obama, the president of the united states, india's prime minister you see right there in the background, it all happened tuesday night at president obama's first state dinner. the worst security breech in white house memory. also new tonight, a statement from the secret service taking full blame noting -- >> a couple of party crashers at the white house. publicity seekers seemingly harmless but they could have been anyone. in a moment, the man who has known her for 15 years and spent hours with her preparing for that state dinner on tuesday but first the very latest from tom foreman. >> reporter: the stunning image of the salahi's meeting preside
CNN
Nov 22, 2009 10:00am EST
american politics to one of the more popular members of the obama cabinet. look at bill clinton whose career was declared dead over and over again and ronald reagan, same thing, ran for the republican nomination in '76, lost it and people declared him as an out of work-actor. >> i'll come back to you in a second, julie. >> in your book you lump together it seems to me with the news organization with the national enquirer, all as part of the media that are beating up on sarah palin, but shouldn't we make distinctions here between left-wing websites and "the new york times." yeah. absolutely. i think i make those distinctions in the book, but what's interesting with the perception of sarah palin is things that originated in left wing websites ended up being parodied on places like "the new york times" or highly trafficked blogs. sometimes the line between the far left websites and the mainstream media for lack of a better word is very thin, howie. >> do you think palin and the book tour and the rollout is being covered as a personality, as a cultural figure or because we all want her to
CNN
Nov 22, 2009 8:00am EST
intervention. betty and richard? >> well, the white house released a statement saying president obama was gratified by the senate vote and it said, "brings us one step closer to ending insurance company abuses, reigning in spiralinging health care costs, and bringing security and stability to those with health insurance and extending qualitying coverage to those when lack it." >> let's look at the key parts of this plan in the estimate. the estimated cost is $848 billion over the first ten years. the legislation would expand health insurance coverage to 30 million more u.s. citizens. that means it would provide health insurance to 96% of the eligible population. and according to the congressional budget office, the senate plan would reduce the federal deficit by $130 billion over ten years. it would require individuals to buy health insurance, but it would not mandate that all employers offer that health care insurance. more on the senate vote and that democratic plan. cnn chief national correspondent john king joins us in 15. >>> officials are investigating a radiation leak at three mile
CNN
Nov 22, 2009 6:00am EST
. >> president obama kept a low profile during the debate but issued this statement after -- >>> so we're about to get into one of the busiest travel times of the year here, betty it will be here in a few days and bonnie schneider is tracking conditions. >> across the southeast, it's stormy right now. low pressure will bring in quite a bit of rain in this region. we're monitoring that. not only raining in the southeast, but watching out for snow in the northwest. and we could see heavier snows and rain. more on your holiday travel weather, coming up. >> thank you, bonnie. >>> enthusiastic fans forked over big bucks to get a piece of m.j. his glove, his hat, his car. the price that all of that went for, right after this. with 100% of the daily value of 11 essential vitamins and minerals, juicy raisins and crunchy whole grain flakes. guess it's all about what kind of crunch you like. how are you getting 100%? guess it's all about what kind of crunch you like. now your chase card let's you make your own payment plan for what you charge. introducing blueprint. blueprint's free and exclusively
CNN
Nov 26, 2009 4:00pm EST
michelle obama and jay-z. will there be babies? >> of course i want to be a mother. >> larry: then the one, the only dolly pardon. >> i'm always ready. >> larry: she knows all about surviving tough economic times. and the scandal press. >> i'm going to get that gun of mine and i'm going to change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot. >> larry: also a message for tabloids. leave jessica simpson alone. it's all next on "larry king live." >> larry: good evening. what a pleasure to welcome to "larry king live" finally beyonce. we've been waiting a long time for the ten-time grammy winning recording artist. she is launching her world tour this week. she opens on her new movie "obsessed" opens on friday. are you opening in croatia? >> i am opening in croatia. >> larry: how did that come about? >> well, i've been fortunate to be able to tour around the world for years. we started with, of course, kelly and michelle of "destiny's child." our first album came out when i was 15 years old. we started traveling to europe and to japan. and over the years, we've built up our fan base. you k
CNN
Nov 21, 2009 8:00am EST
president obama's top priority in its tracks or let it proceed. she has a tough re-election battle in a state obama lost in 2008 by 20 points, and conservative voters now worry that health care bill spends too much and gives too much power to the government. democratic leaders are well aware of her political pickle, but try to pressure her with this argument. >> i would say to senator lincoln i believe most of the people in arkansas would be relieved and happy to see health care reform. i think the failure to pass a bill is not good for america. it isn't good for any of us in congress or those standing for re-election. >> reporter: another democratic senator who hasn't formally announced her vote is mary landrieu of louisiana. aides released these photos to cnn showing her working with staff, going through the 2,000-plus page health care bill. one thing she'll find is this, a sweetener democratic leaders added to help persuade landrieu. $100 million in medicaid assistance she's been trying to get for her home state of louisiana, still struggling from katrina. senator landrieu says she's
CNN
Nov 21, 2009 3:00pm EST
from the republican committee blasting her from being the 60th vote to advance barack obama's health care agenda. it's probably why, a big part of blanche lincoln's speech, quite firy was to hit back at that. you heard her say this is not about that. she adamantly disapproves of much of what is in the bill, but wants to be part of the solution, it's a tough political issue for them, but especially blanch lincoln. >> when does the debating begin? what is the timetable we are talking about? >> reporter: they will take a break for thanksgiving. the senate will be out all of next week, that's the plan now. then, they come back and will have probably three weeks or more of debate where there will be amendment after amendment after amendment and many controversial issues, the public option. they said they oppose that. there's no way right now to see a public option in the form it's in allowing states to opt out. it's one example of something high lly controversial that divides democrats. >> public option a sticking point. what others might there be? >> reporter: a lot of them. in terms of
CNN
Nov 22, 2009 1:00am EST
tonight's vote is all about. >> the white house released a statement saying president barack obama was gratified by the senate vote. it said the vote "brings us one step closer to ending insurance company abuses, reining in spiraling health care costs, providing stability and security to those with health insurance, and extending quality health coverage to those who lack it. let's get down to the hard facts here. the bill covers 2,074 pages, proposes to expand coverage to an additional 31 million americans at a cost of $848 billion. and that's over ten years. i want to bring in our political team to drill down on this because the issue is far from a done deal. they'll all tell you that. a lot can and will happen in the coming weeks. cnn congressional correspondent dana bash is on capitol hill. senior white house correspondent ed henry is at our washington bureau along with cnn political editor mark preston. dana, let's start with you. some of these 60 votes might not stick by the time this is over. so not a great comfort for harry reid, i'm sure. >> exactly. look, it's hard to believe
CNN
Nov 27, 2009 6:00am EST
counsel raised the matter with president obama, writing, we found a substantial likelihood that faa officials were engaging in conduct that cons stuts gross mismanagement and a substantial and specific danger to public safety. the faa says it does plan to have the computer-assist system fully in place at newark by mid-december. meanwhile, after a year out of the control tower, ray adams returned to his regular job on wednesday. >> this is fantastic reporting. thank you for it. the thing that really troubles me -- and you see it again and again in government -- is when somebody comes forward with information that directly relates to public safety, they get this kind of response from the people inside the government. it's a bit shocking, isn't it? >> it is very, very scary. i mean, we all know that the faa is committed to our safety. that is their task. but sometimes -- >> it's the bureaucracy. >> exactly. >> did the faa outright lie to the office of -- what's it called, special counsel -- about the use of that computer system? they explained later why they weren't using it. but did t
CNN
Nov 21, 2009 10:00am EST
democratic leaders in our next half hour. >>> president obama is using his weekly address to defend his recent trip to asia. critic say he returned home without any concrete results. but the president says he made crucial steps for the u.s. economy. >> i spoke with leaders in every nation i visited about what we can do to sustain this economic recovery and bring back jobs and prosperity for our people, a task i will continue to focus on relentlessly in the weeks and months ahead. increasing our exports is one way to create new jobs and new prosperity, but as we emerge from a recession that has left millions without work, we have an obligation to consider every additional, responsible step we can take to encourage and accelerate job creation in this country. that's why i've announced in the next few weeks we'll be holding a forum at the white house on jobs and economic growth. i want to hear from ceos and small business owners, economists and financial experts as well as representatives from labor unions and nonprofit groups about what they think we can do to spur hiring and get this
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Nov 25, 2009 8:00pm EST
an invitation to the most exclusive dinner and the first of the obama administration. their names were not on the list. but it never occurred me, ever kurd to me that they actually crashed this party. >> fran, let me bring you into this. you've been to the white house. you've worked at the white house, you know what happens, what was your reaction? >> first, campbell, normally, what happens when you first come up to the first checkpoint, there's also a member of the social services office, typically, a young staffer with a clip board that has the name just in case such a thing happens. so if you get up there, and you're not up in the secret service system, and some dispute, they'll check. if you're not in the system and your name is not on the social secretary's list, you don't get in typically. so you have to wonder, this is a very large event. typically state dinners are held in the east room which holds somewhere in the neighborhood of 175 people for a seated dinner. this had over 300. i imagine the size of it and the chaos of everyone arriving at the same time. and frankly, th
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Nov 26, 2009 7:00pm EST
pledges to cut pollution "extremely encouraging." president obama will join other leaders in copenhagen next month. >>> americans gave thanks today with turkeys, parades and salutes to our troops. the macy's parade now in its 83rd year. president obama celebrated the day with personal calls to troops overspaepz and in boston, worried citizens called police last night after spotting a turkey atop a neighbor's home. police did respond but told residents not to worry, the birg bird they said would fly away when it was ready to stay away from their plates. stay with cnn for a special night of programming "cnn heroes," everyday people making a big difference in our world, 90 minutes from now with anderson cooper. larry king continues right now. ♪ our love will never die no you'll always be a part of me ♪ ♪ i'm part of you indefinitely ♪ boy don't you know you can't escape me ♪ ♪ oh darling because you'll always be my baby ♪ >> larry: some brilliant person once said that the only constant is change. so mariah, you've changed over the years. in fact -- >> a sparkle in my eye is g
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Nov 20, 2009 8:00pm EST
tends to age a guy. >> now, in recent interview that just came out, president obama talked about the pressure of his job. he said its starting to take its toll. take a look. >> i'm eating fine and i'm sleeping fine. my hair is getting gray. and it is the butt of a lot of jokes, for my wife, as well as my friends. you have a convergence of factors. made this -- not so much -- >> and that is "the match-up." tonight, some stories we're following for you. a plea deal in the case of a woman who faced up to 15 years behind bars for an incident that started with her cutting in line at a walmart. we're going to have a live report from outside the courtroom. we're also going to have this surveillance tape you're seeing right there and what happened in court. this exclusive report also on the radical preacher who seemed to have an influence on the suspected ft. hood killer. >>> al awlaki is still getting his message out. even though his website is down and he's in hiding from yemeni authority, dvd box sets of his teachings are still for sale, openly take a prominent place in book stores like t
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Nov 25, 2009 12:00am EST
edition of "larry king live." attending a state dinner at the white house. this is obama's first state dinner welcoming the prime minister of india. let's listen. [ speaking foreign language ] >> many of you were here when i was honored to become the first president to help celebrate the festival of lights. some of you were here for the first white house celebration of the birth of the founder. tonight we gather again for the first state dinner of my presidency. the prime minister manmohan singh and mrs. gursharan kaur, as we celebrate the great and growing partnership between the united states and india. as we all know in india some of life's most precious moments are often celebrated under the cover of a beautiful tent. it's a little like tonight, we have incredible food and music and are surrounded by great friends. for it's been said that the most beautiful things in the universe are the starry heavens above us and the feeling of duty within us. mr. prime minister, today we work to fulfill our duty, bring our countries closer together than ever before. tonight under the stars we ce
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Nov 22, 2009 2:00pm EST
amanpour. welcome to our program. it's been an interesting week for president obama. he's back from his trip to asia but staring at the same problems he left behind. obama has made peace in the middle east and the war in afghanistan his top foreign policy priorities. but policy on both is now on shaky ground. the administration has been undermining president hamid karzai of afghanistan from the start. but top u.s. officials were there in kabul this week when karzai was sworn in for a second time. he used his inauguration address to announce a crackdown on corruption. and he pledged to shift the security burden to his own troops in five years. but can he do it? we have an exclusive with a key karzai ally, the afghan interior minister, and a fascinating counterpoint from one of karzai's main rivals. then the middle east, with the peace process hopelessly deadlocked, can a new jewish lobby here in the united states shake up the status quo in washington, put its stamp on u.s. policy and rival apac? jeremy ben-ami sits down with me for a face-to-face debate on u.s.-israel policy with a membe
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Nov 29, 2009 10:00am EST
finger on what changed for president obama this week, why the media coverage turned sharply negative. high unemployment has been around for a while and the afghanistan dilemma has been building for months and the health care bill remains a cliffhanger even after they mustered 60 votes to send to to the senate floor. could it be that obama is dropping to 49% for the first time in the media are suddenly treating the obama presidency like a turkey. >> tonight, the president under pressure. his job approval ratings slide as he wrestles with everything from job creation to the future of afghanistan. >> the president is getting battered on everything from health care to the economy to foreign policy. some polls show americans are increasingly questioning his credibleity. >> with the president's approval rating dipping below 50% in some poll, it is clear the health care debate is taking a toll. when you look at this he faces the deficit problem, the health care problem and none of them help him in his central problem which is still creating jobs. >> phil, why do so many journalities seem to
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Nov 29, 2009 11:00am EST
best political team on television. "sound of sunday" for november 29th. >>> as president obama prepares to announce his new afghanistan strategy, key members of his own democratic party warn he must strike a difficult balance, persuading the american people that sending more troops now is the key to getting out of afghanistan as soon as possible. >> think he has to make a speech that shows that all of our efforts are pointed to our reduced presence in afghanistan, but i think he has to also indicate again and again how critical is it is to our national security. >> but a key republican senator says one thing the commander in chief must not demonstrate is a weakening of u.s. resolve. >> you cannot signal that they are going to be doing their part, but then as soon as it's inconvenient for us to stay, we begin to leave because that's exactly what we've done in the past. that's exactly what they fear. i talked to tribal leaders in kandahar. that's what they feared. they want us to make sure the job is done before we leave and that's why all of the talk about an exit strategy is dangerous a
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Nov 24, 2009 6:00am EST
is now saying that president obama has the information he needs to make a decision. we got that word late last night after the president met with his national security team for a ninth time. our elaine quijano was working the story from the pentagon and what are you learning about the president's decision? >> well, kiran, we know that meeting was slated to start last night in the white house situation room around 8:00 local time, and we're told that it wrapped up some two hours later at 10:00 p.m. afterwards white house press secretary robert gibbs described the meeting as a rigorous final meeting and he said that president obama now has the information he wants and needs to make a decision. he also said that the president plans to announce that decision within days. the president has met with members of his war council since september nine times. one thing that was interesting to note in the photo that white house released of last night's meeting we saw someone there who's not traditionally thought of as part of the president's war council, that is the president's budget chief, pete
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Nov 23, 2009 7:00pm EST
situation room." up next, "cnn tonight." >>> tonight, waiting on a war plan. president obama and his war counsel meeting tonight. should more soldiers be sent into battle? and if so, where will the money come from? >> the cost of the afghan war will wipe out every other initiative that we have to try to rebuild our own economy. >> reporter: some democrats are calling for new taxes on the rich to pay for any troop surge. and mixed messages on the economy. a classic case of good news/bad news. the stock market has roared back, but millions can't find jobs. is the recovery real? how confident should we be? >>> also, the pitfalls of websites like facebook. sometimes posting too much information is not so friendly. one woman's vacation photos have cost her big-time. >> because there are no precedents, it's a free for all right now. >> how careful do you need to be? >>> good evening and thanks very much for joining us. within the hour, president obama will meet with his war counsel to debate the next move in afghanistan. it will be the ninth and final time that the group will meet. despite
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Nov 20, 2009 4:00pm EST
obama strategy? >> we are and trying to piece it together it's hard to come up with sort of specific numbers, but what we are seeing is that this is more likely to be a process, wolf, than the president coming out and saying we're going to do "x" number of troops, but what he's going to do is set benchmarks or targets for afghanistan and pakistan to meet. in other words, in afghanistan, you've got to -- you've got to be more independent, set up your troops, get rid of corruption. pakistan, start targeting al qaeda, start targeting militants. the big question, wolf, we don't know if they don't meet those benchmarks what do we do then? what's our stick, you know, because we're there for us, we're not there for them. >> it also looks like the administration is beginning to rethink the entire strategy in dealing with the recently re-elected hamid karzai? >> yeah. i spoke with one administration source who said to me let's just call it a recalibration because obviously this is an administration that's been very disappointed in karzai, but they understand, of course, that right now they ha
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Nov 23, 2009 4:00pm EST
. >>> happening now, president obama is holding two major meetings, one with his cabinet and another with his war council, and we are told that the president could make his decision on afghanistan as early as tonight. now alleged 9/11 terrorists could get a megaphone and shout some hateful anti-american views. wait until you hear the intentions of khalid shaikh mohammed and the four other 9/11 defendants at their new york civilian trial. >>> and could your walls be destroying your home making you sick and you don't even know it? there are alarming findings about chinese drywall. wolf blitzer is off. i'm suzanne malveaux in cnn's command center for breaking news, politics and extraordinary reports from around the world. you're in "the situation room." >>> even amid a holiday week urgent matters of life and death, the economy, here at home, there are grave matters of life and death that are in afghanistan and all of this, of course, requires the president's attention. it's all on his plate. today the president is holding two major meetings. there's one with his cabinet, and in just a few ho
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Nov 25, 2009 1:00am EST
>> larry: matthew, we know where you stand. thank you all. >>> president obama says he will finish the job in afghanistan. more troops, more money and a new focus. yet even the best possible outcome might not resemble victory as america knows it. also tonight, nip and tax? taxing cosmetic surgery to finance health insurance for people who can't afford it? sound like a good plan? maybe not after you find out who's really effected here and what happened when one state actually tried this. we are grilling doctors and lawmakers tonight, "keeping them honest." >>> plus, the republican party's ten new commandments. it's a purity test. how many republicans would pass? would ronald reagan make the grade? we have the answers and the "raw politics" ahead tonight. >>> three months after the commander general stanley mcchrystal called for more forces and eight years after the war began, the outlines are coming into focus. reportedly as many as 34,000 additional troops will be sent, on top of 20,000 the president sent in march and would push force levels there above the 100,000 mark. the new st
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Nov 30, 2009 3:00pm EST
the obama administration. is that what allowed them to get in? so fashionably as they do so there. there is brand-new information i'm going to be sharing with you on that story. and don't forget. there's another way to participate in this national conversation. it's not just on twitter or myspace or facebook or skype, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. you can call us. dial the number, 877-742-5751 and start with "hey, rick." cade. ...is now over the counter at walmart as prevacid 24hr - to treat frequent heartburn. over the counter. unbeatable prices. talk about a relief. save money. live better. walmart. tylenol pm is recommended by more doctors than any other sleep medicine. it eases pain... and helps you sleep, in a non-habit forming way. >>> welcome back. i'm rick sanchez. there is breaking news from washington. within the last couple of minutes, the united states senate began its official debate on health care reform. there you see some of the pictures of what's going on on the floor right now. earlier, majority leader harry reid announced that senators may work weekends to tr
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Nov 24, 2009 7:00pm EST
situation room. up next, cnn tonigh>>> toonnigh decision on afghanistan. president obama's decision to add troop surges. what will the consequences be if it does not work? >>> and india takes center stage. snags the first state dinner in the obama administration. why is this emerging economic power so important to the united states? >>> india is going to be central to what we want to do in the world. >>> also, a disturbing new trend. police say they can't keep track of all of the registered sex offenders. there are just too many to keep an eye on. the internet provides easy prey. how can you keep your family safe? >>> good evening, and thanks for joining us. at this hour, we're waiting for the prime minister of india, manmohan singh, to arrive at the white house. president obama and the first lady will pay invitation to the first dinner. the list includes hollywood stars and business chiefs. 320 people will gather under a white house tent in the south lawn. singer jennifer hudson will headline the event. the symphony orchestra and the marine band will also perform. earlier today, pr
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Nov 22, 2009 1:00pm EST
raucous populist democracy. loves to read. by all accounts he and president obama have forged a good personal relationship. but the visit of india's prime minister to washington is about more than personalities. it is the first official state visit of the obama presidency. it should be an occasion to celebrate and solidify the alliance between the world's largest democracy and the world's oldest democracy. but in fact, so far the obama presidency has been marked by a series of small fumbles and miscues in its relations n new delhi. we think a lot about south asia and call it afback. fixated on stabilizing afghanistan, washington seems to be relying more and more heavily on pakistan to tackle the taliban problem. in doing so more disturbingly, washington seems to be adopting the world view of the pakistani army, an army that created the taliban and despite $10 billion of aid from the united states, has taken no serious steps to dismantle it. pakistan's long-standing position has been that it has a right to see a pro-pakistani government in afghanistan. the respected expert harris
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Nov 28, 2009 4:00pm EST
. >>> so how close did the white house party crashers get to president obama? take a look right here. >>> and the police pay a call on tiger woods. the latest on the middle of the night mystery that has everybody talking. >>> and celebrating at the cinema, from ninja assassins to a cartoon fox. what's on the big screen this holiday season? you're in the cnn "newsroom" where the news unfolds live this saturday, november 28th. i'm fredricka whitfield. hello again. >>> russia says it's dealing with an act of terrorism. a second bomb detonated at the site of friday's deli train derailment. authorities say the initial wreck was caused by a homemade bomb that exploded asle train traveled from moscow to st. petersburg. dozens he were killed and hundreds injured. no one was hurt in the second blast. it's a train popular with government officials, tourists, and business executives. >>> we're learning more about the cup whouple who crashed thee house state dinner. they actually got to meet president obama face to face. cnn's kate bolduan it is he white house. what is the white house saying abo
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Nov 29, 2009 7:00pm EST
will be a milestone for barack obama. the war in afghanistan that began eight years ago in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks will effectively become mr. obama's war after tuesday. cnn's kate bolduan explains. >> don, with all eyes on tuesday's long-anticipated announcement from president obama. defense department officials tell cnn they are preparing plans to send about 34,000 additional troops to afghanistan. according to white house press secretary robert gibbs, the president will use his address tuesday to explain why the u.s. is in afghanistan, what the u.s. plan is in the country going forward, what the cost is for this new comprehensive strategy and, according to gibbs, the president will also make clear this is not an open-ended engagement. but president obama faces some real challenges in selling this new comprehensive strategy as the american people and members of congress seem divided. >> from my point of view, the president is correct in assessing that afghanistan is a war that must be won because the national security implications of what happens in afghanistan will
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